Metformin with kidney disease ok'd

By lorlee Latest Reply 2015-04-05 23:39:01 -0500
Started 2015-03-31 22:02:53 -0500

I just read this article on the use of Metformin in those with low functioning kidney's. Traditionally, it would be stopped or not started if you estimated glomerular function was below 40, but now new studies have indicated it is safe.
Here is the link, hoping all can access this.

4 replies

GabbyPA 2015-04-01 05:56:03 -0500 Report

It sounds good and if used with caution and closer monitoring than the typical diabetic, could be very helpful. I had no idea that it made our blood acid. I would think that in and of it's own would be a cautionary side effect?

lorlee 2015-04-05 23:39:01 -0500 Report

Hi Gabby: I think it is only a problem if you are acutely ill or are dehydrated, otherwise, it works well.

jayabee52 2015-03-31 22:43:01 -0500 Report

Thanks Lorlee
I was taken off met when I went into the ER with kidney failure needing dialysis. I was put on NPH insulin twice daily

I was on dialysis for 10 mo and my kidneys started working well enough to get off dialysis for about 4 yrs. I probably could have used met again for a while during those 4 yrs.

However I am back on dialysis and manage my BG (blood glucose) levels by what I eat and don't eat.

Thanks for sharing


lorlee 2015-04-05 23:38:09 -0500 Report

Sorry to hear you are on dialysis: sounds like you have a lot on your plate health wise! Kudo's to you for managing it all. Diabetes in itself is complex enough, but add kidney failure to that and you have a lot of dietary restrictions. Take care.

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